Originally Posted by darkmatter7
I'm currently rocking PSB Bookshelfs, an HRT DAC (the most important piece), one of Velodyne's higher end subs (forgot the model), and an old Denon receiver. It kicks ass. Total cost to me was $175. (If you couldn't tell, audio has been a hobby of mine much longer than thrifting)
Anyways... my point is... Take the $1500 (or more if you wait on it), build a nicer sounding system on the cheap, and pocket the money. Just my $.02
Nice rig. I am stunned how Craigslist, etc -- and general brand ignorance, sort of like what we're doing in the clothing category -- makes good sounding audio gear available for dirt cheap. I think the MP3 and the total domination of overseas (I won't say CHinese, because there are some decent Chinese goods out there, and they are by no means the only offender -- although they do offend quite a bit) goods has recalibrated the average person's music playback expectations.
Adcom? What's Adcom? Paradigm speakers? What are THEY? They
are available used for what you'd used to pay for bargain basement Crutchfield starter rigs, that's what. Along with our thrift fit pix we should apparently put put pix of thrift (I'll count Craigslist) rigs, too, ha
Furthermore, the rise of the surround system (ugh, so many of them have garbage
speakers) has liberated some very very nice stereo hi-fi gear out there in the used world. Also, for those who like it loud
(like me in my basement lifting weights, ha!) the rise of the digital DJ system has liberated some sweet analog boards/power amps/EV speakers PA systems...
I wasn't going to buy one, really, but $250 for 600 watts a channel with a Crown amp and these monstrous EVs that sound crisp and sweet...I've got some beef
behind my iPod when I start doing the bench presses.
Our house is loaded with pre owned audio gear, all 3 floors, with AirPort Expresses. This is science fiction crap I dreamed of as a teenager. I don't have the vinyl fetish, but I understand/appreciate you people who do.
+1 on what was said above re: the salability and lack of listenability of Bang & Olufsen. What a scam, those systems were. Worth a lot more in someone else's hands than your own. IF you can flip them and pocket good money, that is the way to go. They sure look great, they always did.